Empowering Youth to Wage Peace

"How many of you read the paper and have a sense that there is more conflict today than you remember?" asked Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) during her Morning Meeting visit to Taft. "It seems that we are really engulfed in conflict right now... This is a time that all of us need to be very mindful of what is happening, and what our role is both as individuals and as part of our greater country."

USIP was founded 34 years ago, Lindborg explained, by the US Congress in an effort to provide a non-partisan, independent federal institute that was devoted to better preventing and resolving violent conflict.

"There was a group of leaders in congress who had served in World War II and Korean War who were seized by the fact that we needed, as a country, more capacity and a greater focus on how to wage peace as well as how we wage war," said Lindborg." "They noted that there were many military academies, and that there needed to be an academy for peace, as well."

Conceived of as a national peace academy in the 60s and married in principal with grass roots efforts in the 70s, the legislation that established the Institute was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Their efforts today span the globe, and include identifying, training, and empowering youth leaders living in conflict zones around the world.

Nancy Lindborg's visit to Taft was made possible by the Rear Admiral Raymond F. DuBois Fellowship in International Affairs, which offers Taft students the opportunity to learn more about international affairs through annual presentations by guest lecturers. Watch her full Morning Meeting presentation here: